Starting With A Blank Slate
I had actually used the search term "empty" on Pixabay but one of the images it brought up was this blank slate. Since I didn't really know what I was going to say about empty, and since school is about to start back up, and being that my principal likes us to consider each student as a blank slate behavior wise, I decided to go ahead and use this image.
For the past three years as a sixth grade teacher in a middle school it was easy to let the students start off with a blank slate behavior wise. I didn't now if they'd been model students or hell-on-wheels in elementary school. My expectation was always that they would behave the way they should and most of them did. Sadly, it only takes two or three who don't want to cooperate to spoil it for the whole class.
The problem I face this year is that I am moving up to the seventh grade with my students so I already know who the "good" children and who the "problematic" children are. Try as I might, there is no way I can go into the classroom without preconceived notions of what to expect from whom. And therein lies my conundrum.
Image Credit » https://pixabay.com/en/board-school-blackboard-empty-73496/ by geralt